§ Mr. MacVEAGH
asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether compensation will be paid to the fishermen whose boats were torpedoed last June between Kilkeel and Ardglass, county Down, in time to enable them to acquire new boats before the opening of the coming fishing season?
Two of the boats referred to were insured under the scheme administered by the Irish Fishing Vessels War Risks Insurance Committee and claims in respect of these boats were paid in June and July last. A third insured vessel of the same fleet escaped with the sacrifice of part of her train of nets and a claim in respect of this loss was paid in July. The Department have no knowledge of any provision for payment of compensation to owners who decided not to take advantage of the scheme of insurance provided.